Marcus Miller’s latest album, Afrodeezia, is influenced by the wide variety musical styles that can trace their roots to Africa.
The bassist is a UNESCO Artist For Peace and spokesperson for the organization’s Slave Route Project, and his role with the group affected Afrodeezia. ”The power of music has no limits,” states Miller. “Through spirituals, jazz and soul we were able to preserve our history, because all the rest had been erased. What I wanted most was to go back to the source of the rhythms that make our musical heritage so rich, to follow them like footprints from their beginnings in Africa all the way to the United States. That journey took us from Mali to Paris, from New Orleans to Sao Paulo and across the Caribbean.”
He collaborated with musicians from around the world and within the United States on the music. “This is my way of paying tribute to the long journey of my African ancestors who became African-Americans. The melodies and rhythms they carried with them from Africa have exploded into a ‘dizzying’ array of musical styles and genres that have changed the world.”
The album, Miller’s first for Blue Note Records, also features Public Enemy rapper Chuck D., vocalist Lalah Hathaway, keyboardist Robert Glasper, guitarists Keb’ Mo’ and Wah Wah Watson, bassist/producer Mocean Worker, cellist Ben Hong and organist Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy).
But you can hear all about the album from Miller himself:
Afrodeezia Track List:
- B’s River
- Preacher’s Kid (Song for William H)
- We Were There
- Papa Was a Rolling Stone
- I Still Believe (feat. Ben Hong)
- Son of Macbeth
- Prism (Interlude)
- Water Dancer
- I Can’t Breathe (feat. Mocean Worker)